February 15, 2013

special delivery


did you get a valentine yesterday?  i got chocolate treats everywhere and we decided on an impromptu night out at the new indian joint.  for some reason no one thinks indian for valentine's.  (at least not in new york. sorry karen.  i would have airmailed you some had i known the birthday girl desired it.)

mais, i didn't get a thing for my guy.  well, unless you count incredibly bitter yet absurdly weak coffee.  how i managed to make that combo cup is beyond me.  ruggy is always the first to rise and make us a delicious pot of chemex.  i snuck out of bed yesterday morning, deciding it would make a nice treat if i did the grinding.  (WHAT.) unfortunately, my grind was too fine.  (WHAT.)  he loved it anyways.  (WHAT.)

if your valentine was as lackluster as me, i present to you, through the magic of teh interwebz,  some vintage love. hop in the limo, mr. mouse is waiting.


papa ruggy understands my obsession over vintage goods.  well, maybe not understands, but he realizes it's there and he's tickled to support it.  last christmas he presented me with a box of greeting cards, sent by his parents and their parents and so on and so forth.  as always, it struck me that people paid more attention to detail then.  real feathers!  cotton batting!  i rifled through the box with pleasure.



did someone say rifle?  take the young lad above.  that's an actual bar of metal inserted into the front.  oh yes. nothing says i love you like cupid coming to find you avec shotgun.


the inside of this card is even sweeter than the front.  to robert, from john poe.  pretty certain this is first grader range.  i remember hoping desperately for valentines in school, and i remember girls giving girls cards, but i never saw little boys exchange them.  in fact, at my extremely diverse, forward thinking east coast school, somebody would've been decked.  but here, decades ago, in a little southern town...well there you have it. 

i'll be sending one of you a sewist's valentine soon.  MAN do y'all like chalk markers! and crayola crayons, apparently.  who knew.

19 comments:

  1. Oh how you make my day and make me smile. Thank you for that and for sharing the lovely valentines. g

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  2. It is freakin' wonderful that you've got Ruggy's family cards. That is great on so many levels, I have no words.

    Here's a late Valentine for you! Since you like your tape dispenser so much, I thought you might like this lamp I found yesterday. I've already ordered mine! http://www.grandinroad.com/ceramic-form-lamp/492371?defattrib=&defattribvalue=&listIndex=0

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    1. ooooh, they need to make that in a pinnable version...then you could drape in the middle of the night, no worries!

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  3. So cute! I love the rifle one!
    I just learned how to make coffee for the boyfriend, but my first cup was weak as well. Alas. There's a reason he does all the cooking.

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    1. isn't it disheartening? he just does it better. i would happily barter dishwasher if he always did the cooking.

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  4. Love the cards! I managed to get yummy Thai food as a treat yesterday :)

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  5. Hey, we both ate Indian on valentine's day!

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  6. In elementary school, if you brought valentines you had to bring them for the whole class. Vintage valentines and cards are so precious!

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  7. Sweet card. We like to think valentines everyday so we didn't do anything extra ...

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  8. Those cards are too sweet! Love 'em! Man Friend gave me a new-to-me nightstand and jewelry box, lovely gifts to help me organize my bedroom mess... only problem is that they're TOTALLY gifts for him since he's the neat freak who hates my piles of jewelry on top of the dresser. Oh, boys... :)

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    1. ah, ulterior motives! those are okay, i guess, if you reap prizes from them :)

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  9. I don't celebrate Valentine's Day, which is lucky, because I spent the 14th frantically writing up an 8-page essay that had to be finished before this week is over... But I got an A. That's sweet enough for me. :D
    So much attention to detail indeed on these. Even the illustrations themselves. I can even get over my aversion to hearts with these! :-)
    And that last one I bet has a story behind it. Maybe a silly one, but a story nonetheless!

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  10. Hey Oona - as one of the Queens Supreme in the bloggy world, can I ask you to help me with a new project? I need you to pimp out the "Map the Sewintist" project that I started this morning. See here: http://anothersewingscientist.blogspot.ca/2013/02/map-sewintists-goes-live.html
    If you talk about it, they will come (or something like that!)
    As my son would say, "Thanks Toots!" ;)

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    1. dude, i sent you a nice long email response late last night, thinking this came directly from you... duh. blame it on the herb sainte. short answer is yes!

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    2. It's my baby, with some help from Shannon and Gillian. I didn't get an email from you, so that herb sainte was definitely doing it's job last night. Pin yerself and spread the word!

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  11. Oh I love vintage valentines, I have a collection of my own! Hope you had a wonderful valentines day!

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied if not always written!